After several posts about cryophiles, it’s time to explain why life up here needs to adapt:
Yes, the Fairbanks winter is upon us.
Can humans also become cryophiles? After all the complaints I’ve heard (and made) this week, I’m hard pressed to say that all Fairbanksans seek out the cold. Yet, somehow, we press on — relatively comfortably, at that. Yes, not all of our many inventions are suitable for life up here. Cars break down, pipes freeze, boilers shut down. There’s certainly a stark contrast between what Fairbanksans see in the theater or on Hulu, and the chores of their daily lives. Even I’ve acclimated — adapted within my own lifetime — between maritime Anchorage and boreal Fairbanks.
For this week’s Ice Lens, a glimpse of the haze surrounding Fairbanks this week.
Ice fog’s explanation comes for another day, but in a nutshell that haze — combined with the sun setting at 3:40p.m. — produces early-onset cabin fever like nothing else. It feels like living in humanity’s little cryophile biodome. Not even the air can get escape.